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Why You Should Read James Baldwin's Poetry

Posted 04.01.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Nikky Finney's introduction to Jimmy’s Blues & Other Poems by James Baldwin [Beacon Press, $16.00]: Baldwin was ...

A Reading List for a New Generation of Gay Men

Chris Davis | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Chris Davis

"We resent you. You astonish us." I understand those two sentences, but will others that come after me? It made me wonder if the newer generation of gay men remembered our recent history and sacrifices that helped them get to where they are today.

Grief in the Time of Facebook

Jill Di Donato | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Facebook can be seen as a digital scrapbook, a journal, a way to collect memories in an interactive way, and therefore, it is a modern-day narrative, a timeline to "make sense of what happened."

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

What does J Street's motto "Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" really mean? That question calls for grasping the context of Zionism among Jews in the United States -- aspects of history, largely obscured and left to archives, that can shed light on J Street's current political role.

How to Write About Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

"What do you write about?" I'm often asked. The answer, um, is I, uh, write about myself, which automatically puts me in the company of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and others who exude the belief that their lives are of inherent interest to others.

Remembering Famous People Who Changed Our Lives

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 11.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Malcolm Boyd

Memories. So many memories. Let's start an altogether fresh list of new people in our lives, shall we? Before long, perhaps we can turn them into an altogether new list of memories too.

How Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Turned My Life Around

Judith Newton | Posted 10.15.2013 | Fifty
Judith Newton

August 15, the anniversary of Julia Child's birth, is a good time to reflect on the role that her 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' played in many of our lives. It is was in cooking from' Mastering the Art', for example, that I made strides toward becoming an adult, creating my first home, and entering into the buoyant spirit of the sixties.

7 Days with Jimmy - On Artists and Narrative Building

Ariana Austin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Ariana Austin

When I was growing up there was a story I loved to hear. In 1980, James Baldwin spent seven days with my parents and their friends in Washington. He h...

Frank Ocean, and Why Blacks Need to Finally Get Over Homophobia

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.06.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

While we are celebrating the just the survival of an R&B artist admitting he has had a desire for another man, what we are avoiding is the actual discussion of if we are ready for an actual openly gay black artist in our mainstream world.

Reclaiming the Kitchen: Women's History Month Meets the Food Justice Movement

Judith Newton | Posted 05.04.2013 | Women
Judith Newton

When I began to cook in the 1960s while getting my Ph.D., I was conscious of doing so in a way that would define me as different from my mother and my mother's life. She cooked Midwestern. I deliberately chose French. She baked apple pies. I composed Tarte Normande aux Pommes.

Gay Will Never Be The New Black: What James Baldwin Taught Me About My White Privilege

Todd Clayton | Posted 04.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Todd Clayton

As a white gay man committed to advocacy, I was naturally drawn to Baldwin and eager to hear what he had to say about LGBTQ equality in America. What I discovered, though, was not at all what I was expecting.

Authors Amid the Rock Bands on YouTube

Dave Astor | Posted 11.07.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Some people (like me!) are so busy reading books that they don't bother much with moving-image media such as films and TV. But what about watching YouTube videos relating to ... authors!

Where's the Answer Bubble for 'It Depends'?

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

In every discipline, the most powerful learning comes when students are invited to inhabit someone else's perspective as a means to deeper understanding.

50 Books That Every African American Should Read

Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 07.05.2012 | Black Voices

Whether you're traveling on vacation, sunbathing on the beach, or simply lounging in the park, nothing beats a good book in the summertime. Still, wit...

Black Actors Nationwide Pay Tribute to James Baldwin

Cheryl Wills | Posted 08.20.2012 | Black Voices
Cheryl Wills

There were roars of laughter during a star-studded production of The Amen Corner which was staged at 25 theaters across the country June 18th, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of playwright James Baldwin's passing.

President Obama and the 2012 Presidential Election Provide a Unique 'Teachable Moment'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Whether prompted by moral conviction or political expediency, the president's support of same sex marriage is still causing reflection among several diverse communities throughout the U.S. and it has impacted a college course I am teaching later this year, "From Slavery to Obama."

Gay Marriage and a New American Majority

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Jose Antonio Vargas

A different American majority is emerging, and what it means to be a minority in a country that will soon be minority-majority is being redefined.

Barney Rosset, Richard Seaver, and William Burroughs in Midcentury Paris

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.02.2012 | Books
Regina Weinreich

Barney Rosset died last week at age 89, and for those who valued his contribution to upholding First Amendment rights in this country, his championing the works of artists, the event truly marks the end of an era.

Minding Your Own Life

Aaron Anson | Posted 03.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Aaron Anson

The bottom line is that no matter what our beliefs are, they are often based largely on interpretations handed to us by others. Sometimes those beliefs resonate with our own internal truth, and sometimes they don't. Regrettably, we often hold beliefs that we ourselves don't believe at our core.

Anger at My Nation

Mychal Denzel Smith | Posted 11.23.2011 | Black Voices
Mychal Denzel Smith

In the wake of the death of Troy Davis, I find myself remembering and struggling with one of his more famous quotes: "I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."

On Dialect, Dialogue and Good Books

Angela Flournoy | Posted 11.06.2011 | Black Voices
Angela Flournoy

A recent conversation about Ebonics got me to thinking about Faulkner and James Baldwin, and the way certain dialects in this country get no respect.

Top 10 Tales Of Americans In Europe | Esi Edugyan | Posted 09.12.2011 | Books

From Henry James to James Baldwin, the novelist chooses the best books exploring the New World's romance with 'that dazzling, elusive, imaginary place...

Gay Couples Have Equal Worth

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

"Here's to including, not excluding, kindhearted people ... who want nothing more than to find the right person, settle down, and one day perhaps get married."

Literary Divas You Can’t Help But Love | Posted 08.22.2011 | Books

There are divas and there are their lesser-known male counterparts, divos; the thing that unites them is their willingness to make demands and to do w...

Our Burning House: A Eulogy for Biggie Smalls

Smokey Fontaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Smokey Fontaine

On the anniversary of Biggie Smalls' death, I find myself thinking about the rapper as a cultural hero. Hip-hop, after all, is our dominant culture -- it socializes us, and teaches us about life.